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‘Star Wars’ Provides Disney with a ‘Huge Opportunity’

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Walt Disney Studios admits it doesn’t have an awareness problem with “Star Wars” when it starts releasing new movies, beginning with next year’s “Episode VII.” The future of the franchise at the Mouse House, however, relies on getting the film right for fans and newcomers.

“This title is very well known out there,” and “the single most important thing is to make sure that this movie is great,” said Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman, on Wednesday, at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Media, Communications & Entertainment conference.

Disney hasn’t been shy in discussing the impact “Star Wars” will have on the company’s bottomline since buying George Lucas’ Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012.

But with a new animated series, “Star Wars Rebels” debuting on Disney Xd, an expanded merchandise program, and the first live action film to debut in theaters in 10 years next year, the franchise’s »

- Marc Graser

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7 actresses land on new True Detective season 2 shortlist

15 September 2014 10:59 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Contrary to reports citing that actresses like Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Rachel McAdams (About Time) were close to signing deals to appear on the hotly anticipated second season of True Detective, their names do not appear on a new shortlist released by TheWrap. Today the site revealed the names of seven actresses currently vying to fill one of the series’ leading roles.

The actresses in question are, Brit Marling (The Keeping Room), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Kelly Reilly (Eden Lake), Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) and Jessica Biel (Total Recall).

The actresses have reportedly been “invited back to read this week for the coveted role.” Moss and McAdams could very well still be in the running, but with writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto now focusing on auditioning a new group of actresses, he’s clearly taking all options into consideration. »

- James Garcia

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Pride movie review: hanging together rather than hanging separately

12 September 2014 3:39 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

One of the rare movies that gets absolutely everything right, bursting with happy-tears emotion about solidarity, friendship, and smashing bigotry. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

And then sometimes the forces of good win. Well, the good guys almost always win in The Movies, but not so much in real life.

Background: For a year in 1984-5, U.K. coal miners engaged in a massive industrial action that saw them walk out of work over government plans to close a massive number of pits. (The industry was at the time nationalized and controlled from Westminster.) Most Americans and probably many younger Brits will likely be unaware of this important historical event (unless they’ve seen the film Billy Elliot, which, like Pride, was set amidst the strike); the closest American analogy might be the 1981 strike »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Good News Kids, Your Favorite 'Wire' Characters Are Coming to 'Finding Dory'

11 September 2014 3:33 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

One of our most anticipated movies of 2016 is undoubtedly "Finding Dory," Pixar's sequel to their beloved underwater adventure "Finding Nemo" (which was released way back in 2003). While details on the animated movie are scarce (we were at a party with the producer a few months ago and couldn't even squeeze anything out of her), it obviously concerns Dory, the forgetful fish played by Ellen DeGeneres and features returning cast members Albert Brooks and Willem Dafoe (and, as revealed at D23 last year, Ty Burrell plays a Beluga whale). But some new casting news has dropped, and it should make all those little kids who are fans of cultish HBO series very happy.

Dominic West, who played the hardened, alcoholic detective McNulty on the freakishly adored HBO series "The Wire" recently revealed to The Shortlist (via Film Divider) that both he and Idris Elba, who played ruthless gang enforcer Stringer Bell, »

- Drew Taylor

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Fast & Furious director wanted for True Detective season 2

6 September 2014 3:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to Deadline, Justin Lin – director of the last four Fast & Furious movies – is being eyed to board HBO’s True Detective, with the site reporting that Lin is wanted to direct at least the first two episodes of the critically acclaimed show’s second season.

Cary Fukunaga, who recently won an Emmy for his work on the first season, remains attached as executive producer alongside creator Nic Pizzolatto, but is not expected to direct any episodes due to his feature commitments.

So far, no casting has been confirmed for season two of True Detective, although it has been reported that Vince Vaughn (Delivery Man), Colin Farrell (Winter’s Tale) and Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) have all been in talks

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- Gary Collinson

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Before I Go to Sleep movie review: memento worry

5 September 2014 5:47 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

When it finally collapses under the weight of its own preposterousness, this would-be elegant thriller becomes a cheap retrograde melodrama. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

And here I was all excited about an stylish and elegant thriller with a woman at its center, with a vaguely science-fictional conceit that works as a potent metaphor for some women’s unpleasant romantic experience. Except that was only the first half of the movie. And then Before I Go to Sleep had to throw that all away.

Ten years ago, 40ish Christine (Nicole Kidman: Grace of Monaco, The Railway Man) had an accident that left her with a weird form of amnesia: she can only remember stuff that happened today. Every morning when she wakes up, her »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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7 Uplifting Tentpole Movies

27 August 2014 12:16 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Tentpole movies get kind of a rough ride in terms of public perception. In the realm of cinematic releases, the term has become synonymous with the Big Bad Movie Studios sucking all the air out of the box office, and suffocating smaller, independent fare. They are associated with a bland, focus-group tested, homogenized type of filmmaking that blindly draws in the masses and force-feeds them pointless narrative junk food. Everything that’s wrong with the modern film industry can be blamed on the over-inflated budgets of the tentpole movie – isn’t that right?

Well, not really. First of all, tentpole movies serve a purpose. In theory, it is the job of a tentpole movie to hold up, balance out and support the financial performance of a studio in any given year. The tentpole movie is supposed to give the smaller productions breathing space by giving the studio the financial confidence »

- Sarah Myles

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The Grand Seduction review: Brendan Gleeson tries to woo Taylor Kitsch

26 August 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Don McKellar; Screenwriter: Michael Dowse, Ken Scott; Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, Rhonda Rodgers; Running time: 113 mins; Certificate: 12A

Brendan Gleeson is perfectly cast in The Grand Seduction, a comedy drama that aims to send up the postcard image of rural life. Unfortunately, Canadian director Don McKellar falls into his own trap with a storytelling style that wavers between wry cynicism and twee romanticism.

American muscle-head Taylor Kitsch (Battleship, John Carter) loses some of that action hero bulk to play Dr Paul Lewis, but he still looks out of place in a small fishing village where he is forced to act as Gp after getting caught with cocaine at customs. Just the name, Tickle Cove, is enough to conjure a picture of seaside tranquillity, but on the contrary, the fishing business has dried up and its residents need to find an alternative source of revenue »

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With announcements for 'Executioner' and Remo Williams, Hollywood seems crazy for pulp

25 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

How many of you have ever read an actual original era pulp story? Anything involving Doc Savage or The Shadow or John Carter or Doctor Death or The Phantom Detective or Tarzan or Solomon Kane or Conan or The Continental Op? If you haven't, that puts you in what I am sure is a vast majority at this point. I can't fault anyone for not being a reader of that sort of source material. It's not something that is part of the active mainstream right now, but if Hollywood gets its way, that may be about to change. There are some huge names in the world of pulp. By far, the biggest budget pulp title currently pending release is the David Yates "Tarzan" that Warner Bros. is putting out in 2016. When I interviewed Samuel L. Jackson at Comic-Con this summer, he repeatedly told me how excited he was by what »

- Drew McWeeny

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Before ‘ER’ and ‘Falling Skies,’ Noah Wyle Took a Leap of ‘Blind Faith’

22 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Before he saved lives as John Carter in “ER,” and saved the world as Tom Mason in “Falling Skies,” Noah Wyle was a struggling actor in L.A. But when times were toughest, he was sustained by “Blind Faith” — the 1990 NBC TV movie, that is. The one that earned him his first mention in Variety.

Do you recall seeing your name in the publication?

I do, because my mother framed it. It was pretty huge. Variety looms large in my house.

What do you remember about the role? 

To quote my grandfather, who sat through three hours of that movie, “I had to watch a lot of ‘Blind Faith’ to watch a little bit of Noah.”  It was not a big coup, but it was my SAG card. Somebody told me you had to say seven words to get into SAG. My line was, “What’s going on down there? »

- Whitney Friedlander

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See The Original Dune Handout That 'Helped' Fans Follow Along

19 August 2014 6:37 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

One of the key reasons that prognosticators under-estimated the performance of Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy is because modern audiences haven't always proven to be up for big space adventures that aren't already part of their own established cinematic brand. In the last couple of years we have seen big budget epics like John Carter and Ender's Game completely fail to capture attention, perhaps because people weren't interested in keeping track of the special terminology and following the progression of new world building. As it turns out, studios were paranoid about this kind of reaction to complex sci-fi dating all the way back to 1984, as evidenced by these Dune "glossaries" that have found their way online. What you see above and below are two full pages of definitions that were handed out to patrons paying to see director David Lynch's adaptation of Frank Herbert's famous sci-fi »

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6 movie adaptations that, like 'The Giver,' came too late

15 August 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

If you were to go see The Giver this weekend without knowing a thing about the book it was based on, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s some sort of suburban Hunger Games ripoff. In reality, Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel predates just about every modern Ya film franchise, from The Hunger Games to Divergent to The Maze Runner—you might even say it established the authoritarian dystopia motif that’s in vogue these days. Unfortunately, all of those other books beat it to the big screen. Instead of looking like the groundbreaking, thoughtful story that’s in the novel, »

- Joshua Rivera

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Explosive First Trailer for Volcano Zombies

14 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Danny Trejo movie number 112,998,296 is officially on its way! Break out the survival gear, Dreadies, because you're about to witness first-hand the glory of Volcano Zombies. Well, at least the trailer for it. Read on!

From the Press Release

Volcano Zombies, the new horror/disaster feature co-starring Danny Trejo, is finishing post-production, and the producers have just released the first trailer and some additional stills.

Written and produced by Jeff Miller and Jason Ancona (co-writers and producers of Axe Giant: The Wrath Of Paul Bunyan), the film's director is Rene Perez (The Dead And The Damned).

Volcano Zombies is about a sheriff who must rescue an estranged family from a mountain during a volcano eruption and fight off a horde of lava-filled zombies that have shot out of the volcano, brought to life by a curse.

Other cast includes Tom Downey (Axe Giant, Sorority Party Massacre), Moniqua Plante (“Femme Fatales »

- Steve Barton

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Check Out Over 150 Visual Effects Breakdowns for 'Godzilla' & More

8 August 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

We've featured plenty of visual effects breakdown videos for the likes of films such as Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World from Marvel Studios, Weta's work on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the extensive work on Pacific Rim, and even less noticeable special effects work on The Wolf of Wall Street. And if you've loved seeing how they make the donuts behind the scenes, then you're going to have much more than a peek behind the curtain. There's a huge playlist on YouTube discovered by Larry Wright of Refocused Media (via The Film Stage) of over 150 visual effects breakdowns enjoy. Watch! Here's the playlist featuring 190 various visual effects breakdowns (this should keep you busy!): There's tons of breakdowns for films like Gravity, Star Trek Into Darkness, Godzilla, John Carter, Tron Legacy, The Avengers and tons more. But there's also videos for films that you may not »

- Ethan Anderton

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles', 'Into the Storm', 'Step Up All In' and 'Calvary'

8 August 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's Friday and it's a big review day for us as Laremy finally saw Boyhood and we also have reviews of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into the Storm, Step Up All In and Calvary as well as a lot of your questions, a couple voice mails, drinking advice from a listener and our regular allotment of games. Hope you enjoy! Finally, it's time once again to vote for our next audio commentary. On this episode we mention only five, but I thought of one more after we finished and have added it to the mix, so there are six to choose from. Vote below: poll id="359" If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, »

- Brad Brevet

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All the actors rumored to star in 'True Detective' season 2

5 August 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The casting process for True Detective’s second season has become just about as complicated as Rust and Marty’s search for the Yellow King in season one. And if you add in the 21st-century problem of social media—which the Yellow King was not a big fan of—one could argue that it’s an even more complicated puzzle. For months, there have been rumors surrounding the number of leads—two! three! four!—and from there, rumors surrounding who will play those leads—Josh Brolin! Brad Pitt! Jessica Chastain!

At this point, the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, has »

- Samantha Highfill

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Taylor Kitsch Offered Lead Role in The Raid Remake

5 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Taylor Kitsch is a solid actor who had a bad run of box office flops that included the likes of John Carter and Battleship. Just because he had a few bombs it doesn't mean he's not talented. I enjoyed him in Friday Night Lights and one of his more recent films, Lone Survivor.  According to The Wrap he has recently been offered the lead role in The Raid remake, which is being directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3). 

If cast, the actor will join Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), who confirmed himself that he was going to be in the movie. I really wish this remake wasn't happening, I just don't see how it can be as badass and hardcore as what we've seen in the original films. The cast they are putting together though is pretty solid so far. 

When talking about the story that the remake will tell, »

- Joey Paur

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Battleship’s Taylor Kitsch May Take on The Raid Remake

5 August 2014 7:52 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Hollywood’s upcoming remake of Gareth Evans’ “The Raid” already has a director in Patrick Hughes, who is coming off “The Expendables 3,” along with a screenwriter in Brad Ingelsby, but it still needs a star. Is that Taylor Kitsch? Word from The Wrap is that the “Battleship,” “John Carter,” and most recently, “Lone Survivor” star has been offered the lead in the upcoming movie, but apparently there’s a chance Kitsch might end up doing HBO’s critically acclaimed “True Detective” instead — or do both, one after another. The remake will closely follow Evans’ original, following “an elite Indonesian Swat that gets trapped inside a building run by a vicious gangster and his thugs.” Much ass kicking and killing commences. It’s basically also the same premise for the “Dredd” remake. The 2011 film, originally titled “The Raid: Redemption,” cemented the international presence of Evans and his star, Iko Uwais. »

- Nix

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Taylor Kitsch Being Courted for the Lead in the Unnecessary Remake of 'The Raid'

5 August 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

There a lot of movies I hear or read people rave about, and when I finally watch them I'm underwhelmed.

"The Raid" is not one of those movies. It's every bit the thrill ride people say it is; so it's no surprise Hollywood wants to remake it.

I'm not inherently against remakes, there are several I like quite a bit. "The Departed" and "Last House on the Left" are great examples of remakes that are equal to, and in many ways surpass, the original films. That being said, I'll try to have an open mind watching the American remake of "The Raid," but I'm not terribly optimistic at this point.

The Wrap is reporting that Taylor Kitsch has been offered the lead role. I've seen Kitsch in "Savages", "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", "Battleship" and "John Carter of Mars," and I wasn't exactly impressed. 

What so you think? Can Kitsch pull off the role? »

- Philip Sticco

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Taylor Kitsch offered The Raid remake

5 August 2014 6:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to The Wrap, Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, Friday Night Lights) has been offered the lead role in the upcoming English-language remake of The Raid from Screen Gems.

The remake of Gareth Evans’ martial arts epic has been written by Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night), with Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) set to direct. It will reportedly stick closely to the plot of the Indonesian original, which centres on a Swat team member who has to fight his way out of a tower block filled with ruthless mobsters.

The site reports that Kitsch – who is also in line for one of the leads in HBO’s True Detective – is yet to reach a deal with Screen Gems, with the financial aspects of the deal yet to be agreed upon.

Would you like to see Taylor Kitsch taking on the lead in The Raid remake? Let us know your thoughts…

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- Gary Collinson

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